Maruti Suzuki halted production at its Gurgaon plant on Saturday due to market slowdown.

The Gurgaon plant in India produces models such as the M800, WagonR, Alto series, Ertiga and DZire and has a total capacity of between 3,500 and 4,000 vehicles per day. In February the automaker’s sales dropped 9.01% to 97,955 units sold globally, compared with 1,07,653 units sold in 2012. Its passenger vehicle sales in India dropped 10.89% to 83,865 units and the mini-car segment, including the WagonR, M800, A-Star and Alto also fell 15.87% to 41,311 units. Sales of the compact segment, which includes the Estilo, Swift and Ritz has fallen 13.90% to 24,021 units.

The one-day production halt will help the automaker reduce the number of pile up vehicles in its warehouses, as demand for vehicles has dropped considerably these months. Meanwhile, the automaker also prepares several new models for the Indian and the global markets, mainly consisting of fuel efficient compact passenger vehicles.

Maruti Suzuki will focus more on small cars as its strategy is to expand in developing markets, rather than to produce big vehicles for developed countries. The company is also expected to develop at least to SUVs for the Indian SUV market which has seen a continuous growth.


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